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10. Lotus Plaza — Spooky Action at a Distance
Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt tends to shy away from the spotlight—a noticeable trait if you’ve ever seen the band live. It comes as no surprise, then, that his sophomore solo album is a modest statement compared to the naked throbbing hearts put on the line by the likes of Mr. Ocean and Ms. Apple this year, but with bittersweet melodies loosely flowing through gray-scale haze, they push and pull at all the right places. His love songs may be indirect, but his heart is in them, making for an album that’s obviously good and sneakily great.
Key Track: “Remember Our Days”